A Taste of the Way …

Relaxing over a good meal with family, friends, plenty of conversation and laughter is a wonderful way to enjoy the local produce of the Waterfall Way.
Share a yarn with the people who grow and produce the local food and wine as you visit their farms along the Waterfall Way. Meeting the people and tasting their produce is your personal introduction to the country and its food and wine.
Give your visit a regional flavour by buying food at the growers’ markets and ask at restaurants for dishes made with local ingredients.
Trying locally-produced food and wine is a great way to enjoy the Waterfall Way region while looking after the environment and supporting local communities. Eating locally means that the food is fresh and doesn’t have to travel long distances to markets and shops. When you buy locally-grown produce, you connect to the community that you visit and also reduce your ecological footprint.
Succulent fruits, honey and seafood are the highlights of the subtropical coastal region, where the abundant sunshine and water create sensational local produce. You’ll find restaurants serving local food and wine, and roadside stalls selling the produce grown in lush valleys and on sunny hillsides.

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Waterfall Way Visit the Macksville region to try the local bush tucker of lillipillies, Davidson plums, lemon and aniseed myrtle, native limes and macadamia nuts. These local ingredients give the special flavours to the award-winning Macksville sausages. Locally-grown and processed macadamias are available as plain or flavoured varieties for you to try and buy.

Around Urunga, taste the local honey with its rich, full flavour from the coastal forests. The bees do well here, where plentiful rainfall means that the trees and plants produce an abundance of flowers.
The volcanic soil of the valleys is a rich source of nutrients for organically-grown fruit and vegetables. The light winter frosts create a great range of sweet citrus for you to try, including mandarins, pomelos, oranges, lemons and grapefruit. In summer, the warmer weather ripens juicy mangoes and sweet, lady-finger bananas.

The local winery uses French hybrid grape varieties suitable for the subtropical climate to produce easy-drinking, fruit-driven wines which are available from the cellar door and at local hotels and restaurants.
Along the coast at Coffs Harbour, you’ll find a fleet of fishing boats that venture out daily to catch local fish. They bring home a diverse catch, because the sea here carries the warm currents from the north and the cooler waters from the south. You can choose from a wide range of fresh fish that includes snapper, kingfish, tuna, pearl perch and parrot fish. Cook the fish yourself or try a seafood meal around the Coffs Harbour jetty or in one of the local restaurants.

Coffs Harbour is famous for a certain large yellow fruit so you shouldn’t miss tasting the local bananas, avocados, blueberries and strawberries while you’re in the area.

Heading north along the coast, you’ll know you’ve reached Woolgoolga when you see the distinctive Guru Nanak Sikh temple on the hill. There’s a large Sikh population in this small beachside village and the annual Curryfest in April is the best time to try a wide variety of curries.

Waterfall Way As you travel inland the soils and climate change as the road climbs through the rainforest. If the coast provides a starter and dessert, the mountains provide the main course of beef, lamb and potatoes.
Dorrigo is famous for its potatoes, grown in the rich red soil. Team the potatoes with Dorrigo Pepper, a spicy seasoning from the leaves and berries of a native plant that is harvested locally and sold in the town. While you’re here, try the local fruit wines and jellies and taste the Dorrigo cheeses.

Further inland, the high country grows tasty beef and lamb. In Guyra, they celebrate the local produce every year with the Lamb and Potato festival in January. Close to Guyra you can catch and taste locally produced trout, which are grown and smoked on the farm.

South of Walcha, berry farms produce an extensive variety of berries for jams and berry wines. Grapes also grow well and the high country around Armidale produces an impressive range of wines.

The region’s climate with summer rain and cool winters creates wines with a distinctive regional character. The climate favours cool European grape varieties that produce softer, fruitier styles of wine. Combine the wines with some local beef or lamb for a taste of the Waterfall Way.
“I use the Dorrigo Pepper that grows in the paddocks around town, Dorrigo cheese, boysenberry jelly and wine, local beef and potatoes. The red soil makes good potatoes, I like to mash them or bake them whole.
We get 100 inches of rain here and that means great feed for the cattle. The area used to be famous for its butter but that’s not made now but there is a local cheese maker making double brie, fetta and camembert that I use on a cheese platter with quince paste, or I crumble the fetta over a salad with roasted beetroot.
I look for locally-grown herbs from people’s gardens and I use the Dorrigo Pepper that’s native to the area. It’s harvested by two local high school students who dry it over the bakery ovens. They dry the berries and leaves and bag it up to sell.”

Kenton Shaw, Dorrigo

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